This year our association special will take place on Saturday 16th November 2019. The day will take you behind the scenes as the railway prepares for the busy winter period, showing the hard work everyone puts in when the railway is at its quietest. We’ll do a full round trip on our private train starting at 10am from New Romney. There will be a chance for a few pictures with our engine ‘The Bug’ before we set off on our journey to Hythe.
Our first stop on the journey will be at the winter relaying site. This is where the full-time drivers ditch the grease top hats and put on their hi-visibility orange coats, relaying the track and improving the ride quality for all our customers. This is one of the railways biggest yearly projects. We’ll give you a short talk on why we are relaying the track in this location and how we will carry out the work. Once complete we’ll make our way to Hythe, arriving at Approximately 11am.
At Hythe there’ll be time to visit the Hythe Coffee Shop (formerly the Light Railway Café) next door to purchase some light refreshment before the next leg of our journey. There will also be an opportunity for some wintry photos of the engine turning on the turntable and filling with water. The train is scheduled to depart Hythe at 11.30am giving 30 minutes of time at Hythe.
The Warren Halt will be the next point of interest on the tour, where we’ll stage a photo run-past. Everyone will be asked to either stay on the train or alight to Warren Halt. Once everyone who wants to get off has done so, we’ll set the train back out of view and run the train past at speed to give all the photographers a picture to remember! It’s a unique opportunity to capture a photo of this special train working hard. Once complete the train will set back to the Warren Halt to pick up everyone who got off.
Our Arrival time at New Romney should be approximately 12.30pm, giving us time to show off our Engine shed, home to our magnificent fleet of world class locomotives. There will be a guided tour of the shed on arrival for those who are interested. Once again there will be time to grab light refreshment or visit the Model Railway Exhibition. After our layover we’ll be heading to Dungeness, Leaving New Romney at 1pm.
En route to Dungeness we’ll be stopping at Half Mile Curve. This is so called because it is half a mile from New Romney Station. It’s also the top of our steepest gradient on the railway so makes for some impressive photos as the locos are really working hard. We’ll follow the same procedure as at the Warren, however please note that there is no platform, so you’ll be walking on uneven surfaces.
Our scheduled arrival time at Dungeness is 1:55pm where we meet the service train running our purple timetable. Upon arrival lunch will be provided by the hard-working café staff at the ‘End of the Line’ restaurant. We have approximately 2 hours break here, so once lunch is finished you have time to explore the wilderness of Dungeness. Alternatively adults will be able to have their photo on the footplate of ‘The Bug’, a rare opportunity!
Finally we meet the service train once again and combine our trains to form a double headed non-stop service back to New Romney, arriving back at 4:30pm. Tickets for this unique opportunity cost £25 per Adult and £15 per Child. All tickets include our lunch meal at Dungeness. Please book now to avoid disappointment as space is limited to 60 passengers in total.
- Please remember our coaches don’t have heating so please wrap up warm, bring blankets or take hot drinks on the train to warm yourselves up!
- Some places that we stop at will be trackside and not have walking routes. Please wear suitable flat footwear and ensure you take care when walking around. Surfaces could be very slippery, especially if it has been raining!
- Anyone wishing to access the footplate for a photo at Dungeness must wear enclosed footwear and full-length trousers/ jeans. If in doubt, please read the driver experience terms and conditions on the rhdr.org.uk website.
Terms and Conditions
Please note that all times are correct at the time of writing and the railway reserves the right to alter times at short notice. The railway also reserves the right to change locomotive allocation as well in case of locomotive failure.